County COVID-19 Deaths Reach 19; San Diegans encouraged to stay mentally healthy | New


A new death from COVID-19 has been reported in San Diego, bringing the region’s total to 19, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. The last death was a woman in the late 90s.

County health officials continue to strongly encourage the San Diegans to stay home and cover their noses and mouths when they are in public for essential activities.

“Thank you to everyone who helped smooth the curve,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., county public health official. “Your efforts are helping to save lives. Please continue to practice social distancing, avoid groups and gatherings of any size, wash your hands often and stay at home unless you are an essential worker. “

Coping and mental health

Outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried when listening to, reading or watching the news.

Luke Bergmann, county director of behavioral health services, said it was important to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as stay connected safely to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to ask for help for yourself and your loved ones.

“In the face of social estrangement, remember that we all need each other – perhaps more than ever – to get through difficult times like these. Staying emotionally connected as a community, even if we temporarily become more physically isolated, is essential to all of our mental health, “said Bergmann. “Communicate with technology or the phone. Check each other. “

The Behavioral Health Service offers resources and self-care tools to help manage our mental health and well-being. Find tips for maintaining mental health and well-being, resources for taking care of your family during coronavirus and other outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, and more information at

If you need support or are actively seeking services, please call the Access and Crisis Line at 1-888-724-7240, and an experienced counselor will provide you with a reference to meet your needs and help you determine your eligibility.

Take online engagement

On Saturday, the county launched a new campaign encouraging San Diegans to make an online commitment and to pledge to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Stay Home, Save Lives Commitment asks San Diegans to stay at home, use face cover and physical distance when leaving the house for essential reasons, and to commit to helping stop the spread of the virus.

People who sign up for the promise are encouraged to download one of the campaign graphics and share it on their social media accounts with the hashtag #stayhomesd.

COVID-19 cases increase to 1,326

On April 5, a total of 1,326 cases of COVID-19 were reported in San Diego County, including 117 new cases on the last day.

Among the San Diego County cases, 53.5% (710) were men and 45.9% (609) were women. The sex of seven people is unknown. Of the known cases, 249 (18.8%) had to be hospitalized and 94 (7.1%) of the total number of cases had to be placed in intensive care. With the 19th death, 1.4% of known cases died.

County officials also talked about other measures and resources to deal with COVID-19.


  • A total of 17,663 San Diegans were tested, of which 807 were reported on April 4.
  • The county has distributed more than 1.5 million personal protective items to local health care providers, including more than 663,000 N-95 respirators, more than 271,000 surgical masks and nearly 616,000 gloves.
  • A total of 2,026 hotel rooms have been secured to isolate people with potential COVID-19 symptoms and people with health conditions who have nowhere to live. Out of 1,585 rooms intended for the county’s public health services, 153 are occupied by 159 people. Of the 441 rooms allocated to the Regional Homelessness Working Group, 179 are occupied by 302 people who are more at risk of developing complications related to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 county web page contains a graph showing new positive cases and the total number of cases reported by date. For more information, visit


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